Reflection

Alternate Title: ‘I’ve Had The Time of My Life’ playing softly in the background As my time in Germany comes to a close, I’ve had the time to think and reflect on my summer in Berlin. Overall, I am so, so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to not only travel halfway across the world, but…

Week 9

Context is important anywhere you go, and this applies especially when abroad! Although knowing a passing amount of German has certainly helped me in certain situation in which I wouldn’t have to use context (directions, menus, etc. etc.), using context clues to understand words I don’t know has improved my vocabulary a bit and my…

Week 8

With only ONE week left in Berlin, one could say I am heading straight towards living in complete denial about leaving. But before I swell on this fact too much, let’s talk about the exciting adventures I had this weekend, all while living in [aforementioned] denial! This past week cooled down by a considerable amount,…

Week 7

Much of the differences in my experience with my host country’s work culture I attribute more to the nature of the field that my company is in, rather than the country. Having done an internship that worked closely with lawyers, I can see similarities and differences, due to the realm of law that this firm…

Week 6

Before this internship experience, I have had some unique experiences that have allowed me to shape and develop my own leadership style. This past year, I undertook my first real leadership position in my university experience, as the Public Relations director of Pitt Program Council. In this role, I was in charge of all social…

Week 5

 I think my Pitt experience has been unique in preparing me for this experience – I have been able to use what I have learned academically as well as in my extracurriculars to be successful for this internship. Most notably, my job description for this internship does not exactly align perfectly with my academic experience-being…

Week 4

This past weekend, a few of us in our group were able to take a quick weekend trip to the beautiful city of Prague! The Monday German holiday of Pentacost allowed for two full days of sightseeing. Seeing the city was a great way to getaway from Berlin (not saying I want to leave), and…

Week 3

What a week! I’ve been able to have the wonderful experience of having last Thursday off, and using the weekend to my advantage to travel around Germany. Here in Germany, Ascension Day (the day believed to be when Jesus Christ ascended back into the heavens) is celebrated with a day off. The weekend started on…

Week 2

I can now say that I’ve successfully completed a 45 hour work week, and am therefore one step closer to being a real adult! This past work week was certainly a lesson in powering through exhaustion and remembering how to get to bed on time. However, I have been able to learn a lot and…